After dissent from parents on the open book examination format, the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board's (GSHSEB) announced that XII (Science ) board exams will henceforth contain 60 per cent of objective type questions in the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) format. According to the proposed new format, the examinees will be given two sets of question papers – one of OMR and the second for theory. Time for examination will however remain the same – three hours. The norm will come into effect from this academic year.
There are some voices of dissent to this proposal within the board. This format of giving more importance to objectivetype questions will spark off widespread , mass cheating at rural examination centres where the supervision is slack.